Severe thunderstorms with strong winds and hail are possible Thursday afternoon across Central Maryland, meteorologists said.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch across Central Maryland through 7 p.m. A severe storm warning was in effect for much of Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties and northwestern Baltimore City through 6 p.m.
“Some storms could be capable of producing damaging winds and large hail,” weather service forecasters tweeted.
The weather service’s Storm Prediction Center estimates about 15 percent chances of severe winds exceeding 50 mph, up to 5 percent chances of damaging hail and up to 2 percent chances of tornadoes across Maryland.
Risks of severe weather are highest from Central Virginia, across central and eastern Maryland and eastern Pennsylvania, and into upstate New York.
The stormy weather comes as low pressure moves across the region and a cold front approaches the East Coast. The front is expected to linger and bring more unsettled weather this weekend, with periods of rain or storms possible from Friday night through Sunday.